I first came upon this quote by American photographer Dorothea Lange courtesy of my desk calendar, but it was one that immediately registered with me: “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
Before our recent storms and the flood damage that followed through much of Brisbane and Queensland, the garden had taken a pounding from the intense heat. On many a morning, I wandered down to the front garden to feed the goldfish, and there seemed to be little in flower. But since I started this blog and have began taking regular photos, I have become more attuned to my garden and see so much more, whether I have my camera with me or not.
One of the little details that I have come to love are the twisted spent blooms of the Leopard Lily Belamcanda chinensis.
|Here a spider lying in wait for an unwary visitor mirrors the shape of the flower above.|
Continuing the pink theme in my garden and just as reliable as the leopard lily are the cosmos. Both self seed fairly freely, but never enough to be a nuisance.
|Cosmos about to bloom|
|and in full flower with attendant spider|
The scabious has been a wonderful addition to the garden this year, and I have enjoyed it in all its phases. There is a very subtle variation in the shades of the flowers; many are more mauve than pink.
|Scabious just beginning to bloom.|
|Scabious with pink salvia 'Heatwave Sizzle' in the background.|
|Scabious seed heads|
|A new unnamed variety of pink salvia that I picked up at the markets.|
|Another recent acquisition Ginger Globba winitii 'Red Back'|
The final pink bloom that I am sharing this post is the beautiful pink cassia Cassia javanica. Sadly, it isn't in my garden, but a tree I spotted on my return from the supermarket. While I have seen a few others around the neighbourhood, they are frequently too tall to be able to get a good photo of the flowers.
Once I would have driven past probably without paying much heed, but luckily I had my camera on board.
|Miss Bella always looks pretty in pink too.|